iMac and DVDs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lled7, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. lled7 macrumors newbie

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    I have an iMac 20" C2D and was wondering if it can "upconvert" regulard dvd's to near HD quality? Thanks.

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  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Not sure what you are getting at. All Macs will upconvert a DVD to the resolution of the monitor when running DVDPlayer in full screen. If you have the Mac hooked up to an HDTV, it will upconvert that resolution as well.
     
  3. EM87 macrumors regular

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    I think he means does the iMac upscale it from 480p to 720p etc.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    That's what I thought. Not sure if he was asking about HD DVDs, etc.
     
  5. lled7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    >>I think he means does the iMac upscale it from 480p to 720p etc.<<

    Yes, this is what I meant. Sorry.

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  6. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Personally, I think the DVD upscaling in Macs (well, specifically the Macbook) is lousy when compared to even a lowly progressive scan DVD player.

    I have a 5 year old Toshiba progressive scan DVD player hooked up to my 1080p TV via component. By letting the DVD player deinterlace to 480p and then my TV to upscale to 1920x1080, it gives a noticeably better picture than the Macbook outputting at 1080p.

    I would be willing to bet that dedicated upscaling DVD players with special chips (i.e. Faroujda) would be even better than my DVD set-up.

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  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Definitely. MacBooks (or any Mac) was never meant to be a high end DVD player. But in your example, your TV is doing the upscaling, not your DVD player (Beyond converting the interlaced signal to progressive scan). Some of the new HDMI-equipped DVD players like the Oppos are fantastic at upscaling.
     

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